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Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
jackieos.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ffejherb on 01-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#508
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
726
pDev:
8.31%
Bros Score:
4.24
 
 
Wants:
484
Gots:
198
Trade:
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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -7.6%

From a bottle, pours a dark mahogany brown, thin carbonation.

Smell is all bourbon and wood, caramel, molasses, a little roast, but its fighting through alot of sweetness. Flavor is sweet molasses, chocolate bourbon balls, lots of booze, still pretty hot. The finish is creamy and milky, sliding down your throat.

Overall, this is a bit hot right now, would like to see it smooth out a little.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The fine folks of Athen's premier brewery finds great success with the Dark Apparition. So why not challenge that notion with barrel-aging for greater complexity, aged compounds and a simmering boost of strength? That's just what happens in this bourbon-barrel aged edition.

As the nose dives into the glass, a boisterous rift of coffee, burnt sugars, creamy malt, maple, molasses and chocolate waft about. Those are hard to distinguish from the bourbon influences- cherry wood, caramel, vanilla, marzipan and aged notes of sherry or port come to mind as the mouth waters nearing that first sip.

Getting the cart before the horse, its appearance pours with a mysterious dark brown hue that's ominously of tree bark. While its body is chocked full of shady cocoa powder, its head is thinly laced and captures a hue of mocha. Its low-forming head and necklace of lace suggests that the beer's alcohol and barrel complexities have gotten the better of its foam character.

But those fudge, brownie and mocha flavors are sooo irresistible as the malty-rich taste of roasted malt, espresso and bitter chocolates unapologetically grope the taste buds with its sultry sherry-like fruitiness and aged beautification. Those light meaty, savory, fruity and minerally characteristics pave the way for a decadent finish of rum and chocolate with spicy warmth and coffee-like tendencies.

Without any doubt, the body is full but is also picked apart with wine-like acidities, bourbon warmth, wood spices and cocoa dryness for a finish that is powdery, minerally and plaster-like despite its dessert-like effects.

This Bourbon Barrel Aged Apparition Ale accurately delivers on its whisky effects. Even though I taste "bourbon-esque" character, I feel that much of that comes from the malts where much of the "bourbon" influences are simply of whisky. I gotta question those spicy booze flavors as opposed to the more savory "bourbon" influences.

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4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a rather modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet; spots of lacing linger around

Smell: Chocolate fudge, caramel, vanilla, marshmallow, oak and Bourbon

Taste: Chocolate fudge, caramel and Bourbon forward, with developing marshmallow tones; in the middle, the oak and vanilla tones develop, with the finish being quite a mellow combination of all the elements

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: One of Jackie O's better efforts, I would call this a marriage between a Bourbon barrel-aged IS and a barleywine

Thanks, howopeeps, for the opportunity

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with light retention. Aroma of corn and light vanilla with some light black chocolate and alcohol fusel is good. Taste is a complex mix of corn and vanilla with some bourbon which rounds the edge of this beer. Body is full with low carbonation and some fusel alcohol is perceptible. Not bad though I prefered the brandy barrel version.

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4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Nick.

Moderately viscous opaque black with a thin tan head.

Strong aromas of brown sugar and molasses, musty oak, toasted coconut and chocolate syrup. Bourbon is present but integrated, and there's a berry-like fruit character. Alcohol is noticeable too, though it's not harsh. While it smells good, the barrel doesn't seem to gel as well as it could with the base beer.

Bourbon, earthy oak and chocolate flavors hit the palate first. Coconut sweetness, sharp alcohol and berry preserves. Full bodied, but not as viscous as Oil of Aphrodite. Finishes with mellow alcohol and chocolate-caramel candy sweetness. This is pretty impressive.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter; Summer 2014 release, 11.5%. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense brown head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, coconut, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark bread, brown sugar, leather, light char/smoke, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, coconut, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark bread, brown sugar, leather, light char/smoke, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, coconut, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light char/smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of rich dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible barrel aged imperial stout. All around outstanding complexity and balance of rich dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An incredibly delicious offering.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2014 version. Based on drinking the base beer, I'm guessing later years are superior. This fizzed out pretty quickly leaving a flat dark brown beer. No legs, thinnish appearance. Smell has a lot of bourbon but not much of the base. Flavor is similar, with the base disappearing under oak / vanilla / cedar / leather / nougat from the spirit.

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Photo of mothman
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

231/384

Poured into Founders snifter. Pours a thin layer of mocha tan head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: The bourbon is up front with this beer. Reminds me a bit of whiskey. It has roasted malts and coffee with some chocolate notes. I also get brown sugar and molasses. Has some dark fruits. It has a very inviting aroma.

Taste: Whiskey/bourbon up front in a warming way. Has some vanilla with the oak as well. Then the roasted malts, coffee, and cocoa/chocolate hit. This is all followed by a wave of dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, and creamy. Medium bodied; no where near as thick as I was expecting. Low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends warm, roasted, and a bit dry.

Overall, a decent -bal aged stout. It has some quality flavors, but lacks in the mouthfeel. It is pretty drinkable and I like the additional flavors, but it just lacked a little depth in the taste. Still, definitely worth a try.

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4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012, big thanks to Rudzud

Super pitch black thick oily beer pours with no head, nice legs though.

Nose is loaded with black malts, roast, charred coffee, little soft anise, nice molasses brown sugar and caramel, little rum like molasses, bit of raisin, nice buttery oak with little vanilla and some bourbon, booze and tannins have softened a lot I think, bourbon and buttery oak come more and more as it warms.

Taste starts with a little toasty char and burnt like, fusel alcohol, but that's not too bad as it quickly turns to black malts, toasty and charred, coffee like, with faint anise and phenols, fudgey like with molasses and brown sugar sweetness, charred brown sugar, etc. Then buttery barrel on the back end, some vanilla and nice bourbon, bit of a nougat with light candied raisin. Finish dries a bit, little sticky, more booze and phenols, bit more anise, tannins, light bourbon, molasses rum and a touch of bbq sauce, nice flash of vanilla late.

Mouth is full bod, light fusel warming booze, thick but not too syrupy, lighter carb.

Overall interesting, some nice qualities but some not so nice qualities, maybe a bit too much age.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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